Feb 272012
 

Yesterday was a busy day for us, starting early and ending late. And we’re looking at a lot more of them before we’re done.

I spent several hours printing out mailing labels, and Miss Terry was slapping them on envelopes as fast as they came out of the printer. We use Stamps.com to print our postage, which saves us from standing in line at the post office, but the darned program can be downright cantankerous at times, and yesterday was one of those times.

It started out not printing the return addresses on the labels, and I spent an hour or so trying to get that problem fixed, even going so far as to uninstall it from my computer and reinstall it all over again. Still no luck. We finally gave up and resorted to rubber stamping the return address on each envelope. With that behind us the program came up with a new quirk – we print six labels up on a sheet, and suddenly it started skipping one label on each sheet. And it wasn’t the same one over and over again, it was a different label each time. Maybe the top right one time around, the bottom left next time, or center right on the third try. Very frustrating.

About noon, Tom and Barbara Westerfield arrived in their Monaco motorhome, and an hour or so later, Greg and Jan White’s American Eagle pulled in. Yes, the gang’s all here! And we wasted no time putting them to work.

Barbara tried to help figure out the postage software problem, with no success, and then turned her efforts to helping Terry with a couple of issues she was having with rally lists and printouts.

About 5 p.m. we all went out to Famous Dave’s for dinner, and spent most of the time getting caught up since we were last all together, and talking about everything we need to do before the rally starts.

Back home again, Greg came over and installed a new external WiFi receiver in my Dell desktop. Now I can get online with either the 3G air card or the 4G MiFi. That is, assuming of course, that the MiFi ever works. Not since the Great White Father’s representatives hoodwinked the Indians into giving up their lands have so many people been lied to and misled like Verizon’s reps have in pushing this shoddy equipment and service on the public.

When I checked my stats on Amazon last night, I was thrilled to see the current status of Big Lake and Big Lake Lynching:

Big Lake

#95 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Mystery & Thrillers > Police Procedurals

#3 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals

#10 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery

Big Lake Lynching

#662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#19 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Mystery & Thrillers > Police Procedurals

#19 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals

#81 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery

I appreciate all of you who have bought the books, left reviews, and told your friends about them. I guess if I ever get too old to travel by RV, I can retire to the Florida Keys and write more books. I could be sort of a pudgy, non-drinking, less talented Hemingway.

Thought For The Day – Flirtation is attention without intention.

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  8 Responses to “The Gang’s All Here!”

  1. For those of us who don’t have a Kindle>>>We want Bad Nick !!!
    Can you squeeze him in your busy day too please…

  2. Guess we are no longer part of the gang, just kidding, last doctor appointment today and this is for Mike. we will leave here on Wed bright and early and be in Yuma sometime on the fourth. See you soon

  3. I goofed we will in on the third not fourth, have not had coffee yet,brain not a wake

  4. Glad to see you’re keeping busy!!
    Since I don’t have a Kindle I bought both Big Lake & Big Lake Lynching on Smashwords. Do you get stats from there on your sales too? So far I’ve only read Big Lake. It kept me turning the pages…think you used every twist & turn known to mystery books. By the end I’d pretty much settled on the guilty party, mostly because there was never much investigative action in that direction. Hope Big Lake Lynching keeps me turning the pages too.
    Have a great rally.

  5. Nick,

    This cracked me up:

    Not since the Great White Father’s representatives hoodwinked the Indians into giving up their lands have so many people been lied to and misled like Verizon’s reps have in pushing this shoddy equipment and service on the public.

    Couple of weeks ago we were in Rooms to Go to find out why they had screwed up several deliveries. Sandy could barely keep a straight face when I asked the store manager if they only hired people who had previously worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs? He asked me why? I told him because we had been lied to so many times. The furniture was delivered in a day to two after that.

  6. Did you warn the local Dairy Queen that the GJ Gang is in town? Hope Greg gets lots of door prize donations from them based on the business you provide. How about Blizzard desserts following the GJ Piazza party. Oink, oink!!!

  7. Edit… pizza party

  8. Nick, As with Big Lake I picked up Big Lake Lynching and could not put it down. I will work on writing a review today (a challenge for this retired bean counter who is trying to resurrect my ability to communicate via words instead of Excel spread sheets). Putting things in words instead of just checking a box for excellent requires activating different parts of my brain. Great story says it but not as much as I want to say about specifics of why it is great.

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